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Private Education Loans (Alternative Loans)


Federal loans may not be enough to cover all of your school-related expenses. After you have received all of your federal loan eligibility, you may consider applying for a private education loan (also called an alternative loan). Here are some things you should know before you borrow a private education loan:

  • Most private education loans require a credit check.
  • Most private education loans charge higher interest than Direct, Perkins, and PLUS loans.
  • Some private education loans may charge lower interest than Unsubsidized Direct and PLUS loans depending on the signer and cosigner's credit score.
  • Each private education loan has their own unique terms and conditions.
  • Most private education loans require at least 6 credits and an eligible cosigner.
  • Private education loans cannot exceed your cost of attendance including grants, loans, scholarships, and other financial resources.
  • There is a federally mandated right-to-cancel period after your private education loan has been approved by the lender. This regulation will delay your funding for at least 10 business days.

There are many lenders who participate in this type of funding. The Utah State University Financial Aid office does not endorse any specific lenders. We provide the links below as places to start in your search for additional loan funding. Please take the time to carefully research the terms and conditions of each lender before deciding on which alternative loan to borrow.

FinAid.org offers a comprehensive overview of private education loan programs.

FASTChoice offers a loan comparison and application tool for USU's most used private education lenders.

FASTChoice also provides an interactive overview of important information about repaying your private student loans.

The following lenders have helped USU students with private loan funding over the past three years:

  • Union Federal Savings Bank
  • Alaska Student Loans
  • NASA Private Education Loans
  • Bellco Credit Union
  • Fifth Third
  • South Western Federal Credit Union
  • Oregon Community Credit Union
  • Baxter Credit Union
  • Star One Credit Union
  • Fynanz Student Loans
  • Citizens Bank
  • Comstar Federal Credit Union
  • Landmark Credit Union
  • Rivermark Community Credit Union
  • New Jersey College Loan
  • Discover Student Loan
  • AmeriChoice Credit Union
  • Heritage West Credit Union
  • Digital Federal Credit Union
  • Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
  • Wells Fargo
  • Sun Trust Bank
  • Alliant Credit Union
  • Sallie Mae Bank
  • GESA Credit Union

Please note: This list has been randomly sorted.

If you have general questions about private education loans, contact your financial aid counselor for assistance. For specific details you will need to contact the private education lender directly.

International students please note: Private education loans for international students generally require a US Citizen cosigner.